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For endangered crawfish frog, undergraduate research helps avoid failed reintroduction

Researchers in Southern Indiana are trying to find the right place to reintroduce an endangered frog with a peculiar habitat preference. A groundwater monitoring project there benefits not just the frog, but also federal land managers and undergraduate students looking for real-word experience. The crawfish frog, listed as endangered by Indiana and Iowa and near threatened by the IUCN Red List global conversation group, relies on crawfish burrows to hide from predators and can only live where the species coexist. Scientists at Indiana State University want to introduce crawfish frog eggs in suitable habitats, especially in a few National Wildlife Refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but they have to know conditions are right before they can plant the eggs.

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Fracking operations get uncomfortably close to drinking water, Stanford scientists find

A study by researchers at Stanford University finds that fracking operations get closer to drinking water sources than typically thought, according to Grist . This means that oil and gas companies are likely searching for natural gas at shallower depths underground. Scientists looked at fracking activities near two geological formations in Wyoming for the investigation. And though they didn’t find current drinking water sources to be contaminated by fracking chemicals, they did find that some chemicals get uncomfortably close to freshwater aquifers. While fracking often occurs miles below the Earth’s surface, researchers noted that it sometimes happens just thousands of feet underground.

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Allairgoo air quality app tracks breathability in 1,000 cities

A new app showing air quality information for 1,000 cities shares some of the latest data on ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particle pollution to its users, according to Treehugger . The app is called Allairgoo, and is available in both free and paid versions. The free version of the app gives users air quality data and pollution levels for their location or the closest city for which it has data. For around $12, users of the paid version can program personalized alerts when air quality indicators beat certain thresholds. According to its website , Allairgoo provides “a system of personalized alerts for allergy and asthma sufferers and ignorant victims of pollution.” In addition to particle pollution and ozone levels, the app also gives users localized weather forecasts.

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